Saman Shahi

Composer, Pianist and conductor

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Saman holds a Masters of Composition from the University of Toronto, where he also received his Bachelor’s degree with honors in Composition and Piano Performance earlier.  

He is a professional member of the Canadian League of Composers (affiliate composer)  as well as SOCAN foundation and the Canadian Music Centre ( associate composer).  He is also one of the co-founders of ICOT [Iranian Composers of Toronto]. 

Saman is an award winning and published composer.  His music has been across North and South America, Asia and Europe.  With over 70 performed compositions in the past 3 years alone, his body of works also include two operatic works;  “Rob Ford: an Operatic life” as well as "Operatic Narration of Arash the Archer" ,  two ballets commissioned ( alongside with ICOT) by the National Ballet of Canada and 7 orchestral pieces performed across Canada. 

Saman has recently received a Chalmers professional grant from the Ontario Arts Council, as well as a professional musican grant from the Canada Council to pursue an intensive course of Study with the world-renowned composer Behzad Ranjbaran at Juilliard school of music 

Saman's orchestral music  received quite a bit of attention in 2016-17 with orchestras such as Orchestra Toronto, 13th Strings (Ottawa), Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Youth Symphony Orchestra, Glenn Gould New Music ensemble and Sarv String Orchestra.

In 2018, his new song cycle, commissioned by Maureen Batt through the Ontario Arts Council, as well as a pieces for the Junctqin Keyboard collective Commissioned also through the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts council will be performed across Canada. 

Saman is also very active as a Pianist, arranger, conductor and Tar player. 
Saman also one of the core members of Circle Music band, An Iranian fusion rock band in Toronto. He plays keyboard, Piano, Tar and percussion in the band.


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